Welcome back friends to another installment of Toon In, that part of the week where we can share with you the best in animated shorts and cartoon series for your viewing pleasure. This week however we are doing something a little different as we are not offering our typical fare but a 1957 episode of Walt Disney’s Disneyland entitled “Mars and Beyond”.
This episode is amazing right off the bat just because it features an introduction by not just Disney himself but freaking Garco the Robot!
This episode was directed by Ward Kimball, the same animator who animated the likes of the Mad Hatter, Jiminy Cricket, Pecos Bill to name just a few and directed Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom which happened to win the 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon). It features the talented Paul Frees as your narrator and take us first on an animated journey of how man first began to chart the stars and how it affected their beliefs. Then we take a humorous look at the many ways Mars has been presented in literature and popular culture before we get an introduction to all of the planets and then meet Dr. E.C. Slipher who offers his thoughts on the red planet and what type of life might be found there. Finally the episode finishes up with what type of craft would be optimal to reach the planet Mars, this segment features none other than Ernst Stuhlinger but Wernher von Braun!
This offering is quite a bit longer than what we usually share so why not set aside a bit of time for yourself and join us as we Toon In and learn about Mars and Beyond!
[Via] Disney TV
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